Which Is Safer, a Public Bank or a Private Bank? by Ellen Brown + The Savings and Stability of Public Banking by Ralph Nader

For All Debts...

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by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
April 11, 2017

Phil Murphy, the leading Democratic candidate for governor of New Jersey, has made a state-owned bank a centerpiece of his campaign. He says the New Jersey bank would “take money out of Wall Street and put it to work for New Jersey – creating jobs and growing the economy [by] using state deposits to finance local investments … and … support billions of dollars of critical investments in infrastructure, small businesses, and student loans – saving our residents money and returning all profits to the taxpayers.”

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Police Shootings: Law, Policy, and Accountability by William John Cox

"Am I next?" - Justice for Philando Castile

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by William John Cox
Writer, Dandelion Salad
williamjohncox.com
October 6, 2016

From amongst themselves, the People of the United States have empowered some of their members to enforce their laws and to police their society, but things have gone terribly awry. The police are killing those they are sworn to protect and they themselves are becoming the target of public anger over racial inequality and discrimination. Video images of recent police shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota were followed by the mass murder of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, apparently in response to these shootings.

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The War on Weed Part II: Monsanto, Bayer, and the Push for Corporate Cannabis by Ellen Brown

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by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
July 7, 2016

California’s “Adult Use of Marijuana Act” (AUMA) is a voter initiative characterized as legalizing marijuana use. But critics warn that it will actually make access more difficult and expensive, squeeze home growers and small farmers out of the market, heighten criminal sanctions for violations, and open the door to patented, genetically modified (GMO) versions that must be purchased year after year.

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Chris Hedges: The Company Town

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

teleSUR English on Feb 8, 2016

In this episode of Days of Revolt, host Chris Hedges sits down with two residents of agribusiness capital Salinas, California: civil rights attorney Anthony Prince and radical councilman José Castañeda. Together, the two have been fighting against the corporatization of Salinas’ political system, and its impact on agricultural workers and other residents. Hedges and his guests discuss the city’s growing homeless population, and the ways in which Prince and Castañeda have been able to make a difference.

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The Spiritual Crisis In the Industrial Wine Industry by Shepherd Bliss

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by Shepherd Bliss
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Sebastopol, California
August 31, 2015

I have been contemplating why the growing struggle by rural residents against the expanding, industrial wine industry in Sonoma and Napa counties, Northern California, has touched my heart and soul so deeply.

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Black Oak Down by Shepherd Bliss

by Shepherd Bliss
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Santa Rosa, California
June 26, 2014

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A loud, crashing sound startles my young farm-hand Emily Danler awake in the dark of the night. She camps out in order to start picking berries at sun-up. My dog, inside, barks. After a physically-demanding day farming, I sleep through it all.

Looking down the boysenberry field to the bottom of Kokopelli Farm the next morning, tears come to my eyes. The tall, old black oak had split right down the middle of its deep, wide trunk. I would never again see its crimson leaves announcing the beginning of Spring. Continue reading

Why Are We Doing Business With A Corrupt Global Banking Cartel? by Ellen Brown

by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
April 23, 2014

Sixteen of the world’s largest banks have been caught colluding to rig global interest rates. Why are we doing business with a corrupt global banking cartel?

United States Attorney General Eric Holder has declared that the too-big-to-fail Wall Street banks are too big to prosecute. But an outraged California jury might have different ideas. As noted in the California legal newspaper The Daily Journal: Continue reading

California’s Coming Minimum Wage Restoration by Ralph Nader

July 24:

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
March 7, 2014

If you haven’t yet heard of Ron Unz, you may soon. The conservative, successful software developer, theoretical physicist from Harvard and former publisher of the American Conservative magazine is launching a California initiative that asks voters in November to raise the state minimum wage to $12 per hour (it is now $8 an hour and is going to $9 an hour by July, 2014).

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Fraud-ridden Banks Are Not L.A.’s Only Option by Ellen Brown

by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
January 30, 2014

Epic in scale, unprecedented in world history.” That is how William K. Black, professor of law and economics and former bank fraud investigator, describes the frauds in which JPMorgan Chase (JPM) has now been implicated. They involve more than a dozen felonies, including bid-rigging on municipal bond debt; colluding to rig interest rates on hundreds of trillions of dollars in mortgages, derivatives and other contracts; exposing investors to excessive risk; failing to disclose known risks, including those in the Bernie Madoff scandal; and engaging in multiple forms of mortgage fraud.

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From Austerity to Abundance: Why I Am Running for California Treasurer by Ellen Brown

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by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
January 15, 2014

Governor Jerry Brown and his staff are exchanging high-fives over balancing California’s budget, but the people on whose backs it was balanced are not rejoicing. The state’s high-wire act has been called “the ultimate in austerity budgets.”

Welfare payments, health care for the poor, and benefits for the elderly and disabled have been slashed. State workers have been downsized. Continue reading

The Paul Hobbs Empire Strikes Back by Shepherd Bliss

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by Shepherd Bliss
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Santa Rosa, California
November 29, 2013

The Watertrough Children’s Alliance (WCA)–mainly mothers with students at schools near where yet another apple orchard is being converted into a chemical vineyard–filed a lawsuit on the afternoon of Nov. 25 against the Paul Hobbs Winery. The next day Hobbs struck back with a press release, promising he “will aggressively fight.”

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Justice Coalition for Slain Andy Lopez Founded, by Shepherd Bliss

Posters printed for the protest march in downtown Santa Rosa an noon. Callo g for Justice for Andy Lopez who at 13 became an ancestor too soon after being shot to death by police. Thanks to @muertealpoder who pulled a super long night to get these printed

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by Shepherd Bliss
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Santa Rosa, California
November 22, 2013

A new, powerful coalition of Latino, social justice, green, progressive Democrats, student, civil liberties, peace, and other groups has emerged in Sonoma County, California. The killing of 13-year-old Andy Lopez by sheriff’s deputy Erick Gelhaus on October 22 unites them.

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Andy Lopez’s Family and Others Speak Out + National Day of Protest by Shepherd Bliss + Cindy Sheehan: Jailhouse for Gelhaus

Posters printed for the protest march in downtown Santa Rosa an noon. Callo g for Justice for Andy Lopez who at 13 became an ancestor too soon after being shot to death by police. Thanks to @muertealpoder who pulled a super long night to get these printed

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by Shepherd Bliss
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Santa Rosa, California
November 8, 2013

The October 22 killing here of 13-year-old Andy Lopez by a hail of bullets from sheriff’s deputy Erick Gelhaus has resulted in daily peaceful marches, prayer vigils and speaking events honoring Lopez and calling for justice, as thousands in the northern California community continue to mourn and express outrage.

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Killing of Teenager Andy Lopez Ignites Latino Community by Shepherd Bliss

Posters printed for the protest march in downtown Santa Rosa an noon. Callo g for Justice for Andy Lopez who at 13 became an ancestor too soon after being shot to death by police. Thanks to @muertealpoder who pulled a super long night to get these printed

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by Shepherd Bliss
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Santa Rosa, California
November 1, 2013

Colorful Aztec dancers lead a few hundred chanting, slow-moving people of all ages on a march from the Latino neighborhood of Roseland to Santa Rosa, California’s downtown square on October 30. They demanded justice for the killing of 13-year-old Andy Lopez on October 22 by sheriff’s deputy Erick Gelhaus.

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Andy Lopez: The Killing of an Innocent Child by Shepherd Bliss

by Shepherd Bliss
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Sonoma County, California
October 26, 2013

Rally against police brutality

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Another child has been killed. Andy Lopez was playing with a toy on Oct. 22 near his home in a Latino community in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, Northern California. A sheriff’s deputy pulled the trigger and hit the 13-year-old seven times, fearing that his toy assault rifle might be real. His partner, sitting next to him in the car, held his fire. That patience was a better approach. Who is responsible for this death?

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